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Glass Works vote on hold

Ganz said he brought nine out of the 11 trustees to the meeting to show that the library's board supports the elimination of a back road.

"We continue to take the position that the Mercy Care Lane solution is better than the new road," said Ganz.

Ganz said the best chance for a successful cooperative effort would be a town-led initiative to improve Mercy Care Lane, and said the library would attend a meeting of the stakeholders if the town called one.

Runion pointed out that it would be a substantial tax increase that would probably come in the form of a "special improvement tax, for the landowners if they decided to pay for Mercy Care Lane.

"I'm a little confused at what you mean by 'the library has to do this," Ganz said in response to the board suggesting the library take the initiative of organizing a meeting. "It's the town working with the adjacent landowners that has to do this. If you call a meeting we will make the follow-up calls."

Runion said Mercy Care Lane is a private road and organizing a meeting should largely be the responsibility to the library.

"I think they have to take the initiative," he said.

Ganz said, though, the benefit to improving the Mercy Care Lane extends

beyond just the library's patrons.

"Safety is a concern of the town," he said.

Ganz said he is worried that if an agreement cannot be reached on upgrading Mercy Care Lane then there will be little choice but to put a two lane road behind the library and said that is "distressing" to the board of trustees.

Councilman Warren Redlich suggested using a $1 million environmental mitigation fee to upgrade the road, but it is unclear if the money could be used for the road.

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